Enroll in an ACP
When you apply to the certification program you will fill out an application and provide the program your college transcripts. The program will make sure you have a GPA of 2.5 or higher (either overall or in the last 60 hours of coursework) and identify an “Area of Certification” – a certification area where you have 12+ college hours of coursework.
If they cannot identify an “Area of Certification” you will most likely have to take the PACT exam.
Source: TAC 227.10
Complete the 150 Hours of Coursework
When you apply to the certification program you will fill out an application and provide the program your college
This might sound scary- but it will make your life A LOT easier once you are hired. Before you can be hired, you have to complete 30 hours of classroom observation and 150 hours of coursework.
While that might seem like it, it will go by quickly because you will be learning the most fundamental aspects of teaching. This is the first step real step in becoming a successful, impactful teacher.
Once you complete that 150 hours of coursework, you can be hired.
Pass the Content Test
Each content test is specific to a content area; a content area is a specific subject and grade level you are eligible to teach.
So you need to make sure that whatever you want to teach, you take the appropriate content test.
Your certification program should walk you through each step of the process- so rely on your certification program for guidance.
If you have already taken a PACT exam and are unsure why you need to take a TExES exam, read our guide: PACT v. TExES: What’s the Difference and Why It Matters
Source: TAC 230.36.d.1
This is the hardest part of the journey- finding a job.
Once you apply and complete the 150 hours, you can be hired by a school to be a 100% salaried teacher. You can start teaching!
If you are already hired- CONGRATULATIONS!
Also, most of this doesn’t 100% apply to you. There is a special provision in TAC 228.35.B.d that allows for someone hired within 45 days of the first day of school to complete the 150 coursework hours during their first year.
So if you are hired, there are some special circumstances and you should contact an ACP for more specific details.
What the Texas Administrative Code Says About Your Situation
Curious about where we get our information? It is straight from the Texas Administrative Code.
The Texas Administrative Code, or TAC, is the set of rules and regulations for all the education system in Texas. The rules and requirements to being admitted into an alternative certification program are found:
It is very complicated, so we have tried to make it easier for you.
And there are rules and regulations for Educator Preparation Programs (or EPPs). These rules and regulations can be found in section 228: